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Fate starts making trouble for a high-spirited young couple in this wildly offbeat French comedy. Dom (Dominique Abel) and Fiona (Fiona Gordon) spend their days as teachers at a grade school in a small town, and by night they motor off to the big city and dazzle the crowds at dance contests with their moves on the floor. After picking up a trophy at a competition one evening, Dom and Fiona are driving home when a man with a death wish dashes into the road. They manage to avoid hitting him, but
Sep 10, 2008 Wide
Sep 15, 2009
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The story plays out with an absolute minimum of dialogue, and the visual gags are highly inventive. In a comedy market dominated by crudity, sarcasm, and smug pop-culture references, laughs this pure hit like lightning.
It's not terrifically funny, but then how could it be? The influence of Jacques Tati abides in the material, without his sunniness.
This charming, affectionately crafted and gleefully unfashionable comic miniature from writing/directing troupe Abel, Gordon and Romy slips down a treat.
* If you've ever laughed at and revelled in the films of Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd or Jacques Tati, then Rumba will seem a delightful blast from the silent past.
A near-silent Belgian farce about a married pair of competitive Latin dancers whose lives go badly but amusingly awry, Rumba features plenty of fancy footwork.
The comedy is blackish at times, but is always informed by the film's essential spirit, which is cheerful bordering on cutesy.
Funny, inventive, extremely touching and never cruel. It flirts with tragedy, without becoming morbid.
The film combines a loony tunes cruelty with the precise comic choreography of the great movie clowns.
You will need to be a little patient and indulgent with this brand of comedy, but its sweetness of nature will win you round.
From the moments of bravura comedy to the tightly plotted series of coincidences, Rumba is a reminder just how powerful a medium it can be.
The film's innate sense of humour and the naïve poetry of its making, which admittedly sometimes descends into whimsy, provide a resolutely optimistic feel.
Remember the comedy of Jacques Tati? Okay, how's about the wordless wackiness of Benny Hill? That is what the filmmaking trio of Rumba ape in this often laugh out loud funny romcom.
Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon prove worthy heirs to the gangly genius of Jacques Tati in this surreal comic gem.
The film could be cleverer, funnier, better-timed. Où sont les Tatis d'antan? But Gordon and Abel - she an anorexic Tilda Swinton, he a slightly squashed version of John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory's Girl) - are appealing comic presences.
Likeable, offbeat and frequently very funny Franco-Belgian comedy, though its Jacques Tati-style buffoonery occasionally misfires and might prove too whimsical for some tastes.
Despite having the bleakest of themes, this charming absurdist treat will put a Tati-esque skip in your step.
I might have enjoyed Rumba more if the filmmakers' enthusiasm was reigned in. A tighter, much shorter bit of true whimsy could have been the result.
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